Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving in Toronto

As I sit here at my desk eating my 6" turkey sub from Subway, I give thanks for the good things in life- friends, family, sleeping late, and honey mustard. No one here in Canada gives a crap about Thanksgiving, and I have to say, it's pretty refreshing. The producers threw a lovely Thanksgiving lunch for us this afternoon, and while my jokes about canned cranberry sauce shaped like the can were lost on Tony, the Canadian chef that cooked for us, we had a good time all the same.

In other news, Sweeney Todd made an appearance on Canadian morning TV last week. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Quick Thought


I have to make this quick because I'm about to go and do the show for the 9 millionth time in 5 days, so I'll do a longer rant on Canada (and French Canadians-ew.) later. But I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone in New York who is affected by the strike today, especially my Local 1 pals. Stay warm and stay badass. We are all thinking of you up here in Canadia. xo.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

Not Quite Bali


Well hello there. I got a lot of flack over the last few months for not "completing" my Asia blog, and to those of you who were the grief givers, I have 4 words for you: Jakarta- not so inspiring. In fact, I think that might be the motto on their license plates. Anyway, don't worry, because I'm on the road again, and back to spewing my unsolicited blatherings into the vast blog vacuum. This time I'm headed all over the US with the national tour of Sweeney Todd. Slightly more "sophisticated" and "artistic" than Spongebob perhaps, but sometimes I miss the square yellow guy all the same. So, we're on our last performance Boston, and we head up to Toronto tomorrow. Never been there. Sort of exciting. It's been nice to be here in Boston and see all the college buds who still live here. And being here for the big world series win and the absolute chaos that followed was pretty fantastic. It's just starting to get rainy and cold, and that all too familiar never-ending-pit-of-despair-and-darkness feeling that comes along with it is starting to happen, so we're getting out just in time I think. You know what I'm talking about BUers.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Leaving Singapore

This is being posted about 2 weeks late, but the internet in Bali was too weak to upload pictures. So, sorry. But imagine it's two weeks ago....

As I sit here in the Starbucks in Marine Parade Plaza, Singapore, mere hours from boarding a plane to Bali, I feel the overwhelming urge to make a tedious list. Here are the things that I recommend you do on your next visit to Singapore.

1. Visit the zoo. It's open air, it's massive and it's beautiful. No cages, just moats and ditches between you and every kind of animal you could possibly think of. I highly recommend staying for the night safari as well. There's a tram that runs through the entire park in the pitch black, so you can see all the animals in evening mode. Walking through the fruit bat cave is amazing, but certainly not for the faint of heart. Also, make sure you check out the reptile house, they are fed in the evening. I saw the biggest snake I have ever seen eating a huge rat-- only the back feet and tail sticking out of his mouth. I almost threw up a little- but boy was it cool.

Also this is funny:


2. The Orchard Garden at the Botanical Gardens. I've already posted about, but it was so nice I had to say it twice. And rhyme.

3. The Jorong Bird Park. Another massive sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of animals. Don't miss the "Lory Loft" a giant area with over 1000 Lorys (Lories?) flying around in it. Buy a cup of nectar from the lady at the door and feed them. They'll jump on your shoulder and you can make endless pirate jokes. (Trust me, we did it, it's funny for at least an hour.)

Here's a picture of some that were not too interested in me:
4. Drinks. Go to Raffles hotel and have a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. (They invented them there). Go to the New Asia bar on the 71st floor of Swissotel and have a Lycheetini.
Go to the beach (any of them) and have a cheap beer from a stall. Add Satay if you have the munchies.

5. Sentosa. It's a resort island just off the coast. Take a cable car over:
and walk out to the "Southernmost Point in Continental Asia". Pick a beach, pick an umbrella, put in headphones, open book and chill. The day we were there, every bride and groom in Singapore was having their picture taken on the beach (no, really, there were at least a dozen couples that I counted). Skip the "Songs of the Sea" laser light show- it's lame-os. (That was for you David.)

...So goodbye Singapore, hello Bali.




Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Singapore

Hello All. I'm in Singapore. And it rocks. Come visit, it's a great city. Spent the day today (my only day off while we're here) on a bus tour, and spent some time in the Botanical Gardens. The orchid garden is so beautiful...well, I tried to take pictures, but it barely does it justice. Things are going well with the show, we are all really siked to do our first real performance this week. Check out the roadside advertising that we saw downtown...very exciting! It's so clean here- lots of scary laws about littering and chewing gum (so illegal, $500 fine and jail time depending on what neighborhood you're in) but the people are all really nice and it's super easy to get around. I miss you all...please e-mail me and let me know what's up stateside!

Botanical Gardens:





Our Poster on the street:


This one's for you Dad:

Buddhist Temple:


Public Housing:

Monday, May 21, 2007

Jupiter


Basically, I'm in the middle of tech and I'm too exhausted to come up with anything witty right now. I will let these pictures speak for themselves.



Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Spiderman.

So. They have something at the movie theaters here called "Golden Screen". This means that you sit in a giant comfy recliner, and that you have waiter service at your chair. It's only 34 seats. You can buy all the usual movie stuff, popcorn, soda, plus there's a bar. And the price is not that much higher than a regular movie. The picture above is of the choreographer and I chillin' before the movie started. And, since Spiderman 3 (that's what we saw) totally sucked, the drinks were helpful. So, someone in the US get on this- we have to open one of these. It's a brilliant idea, and it makes crappy blockbusters that we are peer pressured into seeing so much easier to get though.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

what's for dinner?

Everyone keeps asking me what I'm eating while I'm over here, so here's the run down on the local eats. I hope you're not disappointed. First of all, everything (and I mean everything, even the "western" food) comes with an egg either on it, or next to it. I don't know why, and no one here seems to be able to explain it to me. They look at me like I'm crazy. Also, pretty much every menu has an appetizer on it called "salted chicken feet". I haven't quite worked up the nerve to try it yet, but I am fascinated watching people around me chow down.

That said, my favorites so far are Nasi Lemak and Ayam Percik. Nasi Lemak is a coconut rice dish, (Nasi is Malay for Rice) usually served with anchovies, nuts, cucumbers, and sambal which is a chili paste (about 20 alarms, beware, I about burned my face off the first time I tired it). Also sometimes something called Agor, which is a pickled vegetable salad. It comes with a type of curried meat, usually chicken or prawn. It is served with each component meticulously separated into several tiny dishes, but every waiter I've encountered so far pretty much makes you combine all the ingredients in the bowl with the rice and mix it all up, so I'm not really sure what that's about. Anyway, it's very tasty. Seek it out. Ayam Percik is a wicked spicy barbecued chicken (or sometimes fish) made with tamarind and lemongrass. You can buy it at roadside stalls on sticks or wrapped in paper. For those familiar with Thai food, it's like chicken Satay on crack. I'm also obsessed with a dessert called Cendol- it's like a snocone made from coconut milk, and it has green rice noodles all inside it, and liquid brown sugar poured on top. The noodles look like inchworms. So gross, but so tasty. Ok, I think this might be my longest post so far. How sad, and how typical.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Grace


Ok, so this has nothing to do with Malaysia. But, if I were in New York, I would be showing everyone that crosses my path pictutes of my beautiful new cousin. So, here she is, two weeks old and A-dorable. Let the cooing begin. I hope I get to meet you soon Grace!!

Monday, April 23, 2007

cell phone

I got a tri-band Asian cell phone today. And a SIM card. Tri-band. SIM card. These are all new concepts to me. Apparently US cell phones work on an entirely different system than the rest of the world. Did you know about this? Yet another thing that we insist on doing the most complicated way possible. The metric system. Base10. The Charlie Card for the love of god. (that's for my Boston peeps). Everyone else gets it. Why don't we?

Anyway. Call me. I'm in Asia.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Batu Caves






Really beautiful caves containing several amazing Hindu shrines. And monkeys. Lots and lots of monkeys. There are 272 steps to get to the top. The idea is basically that the climb is so physically taxing that by the time you get to the temple at the top, your mind is clear. Boy does it work.

What what what?

Here's four things I saw last night. Enjoy. I know I did.














Saturday, April 21, 2007

maneuvers

A few hundred Australian air force guys arrived at the hotel a few days ago. They are staying here for the next couple of weeks. The tell us that they are here doing "maneuvers" and "drills", but mostly they seem to lay out by the pool and work on their tans. It's a bit like living in the middle of a Foster's commercial. Not that I'm complaining or anything.

Friday, April 20, 2007

air soup

Everyday in KL, sometime between 2p and 3p, it rains. Pours. Without fail. For about an hour. And then it goes away, and the sun comes out again. It rains so hard, and the water that falls is much colder than the baking asphalt streets, that it creates a curtain of steam so thick it looks like you could eat it with a spoon.

Here's the Mosque (yeah, i said Mosque) across the street from our rehearsal hall just before the rain came:









And here's a shot out the same window during the storm:

Thursday, April 19, 2007

curiosities in KL

1. In Malaysia, a 3-hole-punch does not exist. 2 holes. In the center of the margin, about 4 inches apart. That's it. Everywhere.

2. Our local crew has never heard of Paul Simon. Don't worry, I'm taking care of it. Today we jammed to Graceland, I intend to move on to Rhythm of the Saints tomorrow.

3. The only food the people of KL love more than McDonalds, is KFC. And the only thing they love more than KFC, is Spongebob Squarepants.